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Bridgeton Odor: Landfill Company "Very Sorry" About Bad Smells, Working on Solution

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Disturbed residents tell KMOV just how awful their city smells. Full video below.
Update: A waste management company that oversees a landfill in Bridgeton is aware that residents have been making a big stink about apparently awful, horrible smells forcing people to cover their faces when they go outside -- so bad that some say they can't even escape the stench inside their own home. Our original coverage is below.

Since writing about the odor problem, we have heard from Republic Services, the company in charge of the allegedly smelly landfills -- and the folks responsible for answering all questions about the smell, according to Bridgeton city officials.

If the company sticks to the promise made in the official response to Daily RFT, it could be some good news for Bridgeton residents longing for normal smells in the air. And Republic Services is very sorry.

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Here's the statement in full from the company's media department:

To address odors that have been building over the last several months at the Bridgeton Landfill, we started a project this week that will upgrade our gas management system. We are drilling additional gas wells and installing equipment. That work, unfortunately, has, and will continue to result in additional odors until complete.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience. We will do everything we can to minimize the odors and to implement a long-term solution.

Original post, January 24, 11:28 a.m: Bridgeton Odor Problem: What Is Causing a Really Putrid Smell in the City?

Bridgeton, Missouri stinks -- literally.

So says a KMOV Channel 4 story that goes so far as to reference the station's brave photographer who struggled through the difficult assignment of actually going to the city to investigate the odor problem. The "smell was so bad, it made his eyes burn," KMOV reports of its staffer.

The channel was not, however, able to track down concrete details on the source of the smell, but Donald Hood, Bridgeton's city administrator, tells Daily RFT this morning that questions should be directed to a waste management company that operates landfills within city limits. Which means that, yeah, it's probably local landfills causing the allegedly intolerable smell. But KMOV also speculates about another possibility.

Reached this morning, Hood tells us that we should call an entity called Republic Waste Management, which would be handling this issue.

He says that company contracts with different municipalities and just so happens to have landfills that fall within the Bridgetown city limits. Republic would have the "control of the source of the odor," he says, declining to comment further.

We've reached out and left messages locally and with the corporate offices for the company, officially called Republic Services, and we'll update if we hear back. See January 25 update above.

In the meantime, courtesy of KMOV, here are some descriptions of how awful the smell is:

"I got out of the car and I did not know what hit me. It just stunk horrible," said resident Maria Loness, "I didn't know what it was. And then my kids had just gotten dropped off and they thought it was a dead animal somewhere."
"As soon as you get off the highway you smell it pretty much," said Jon Crawford. "It's unbearable to come outside sometimes."

Continue for the full news report from KMOV.



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21 comments
Michael Cook
Michael Cook

I worked in Bridgeton for 3 years and it's always been pretty bad. It just gets in your mouth and you can taste the air.

Darcy McKeown
Darcy McKeown

I've worked in Bridgeton for 13 years. This is not a new issue. The smell is usually worse in the summer.

Jason Brock
Jason Brock

I always smelled the stink crossing the bridge from St. Charles. Been like that for over a decade.

Ryan Stufft
Ryan Stufft

Maryland Heights Expressway is bad too at times.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

The city of St Louis is smelling really bad as well. I think it is because the sewers are backing up because we have not had enough rain to flush them. It is getting bad.

Pwnzorrz
Pwnzorrz

U-City has a smell problem as well.  Vernon between Kingsland & Midland smell like sewer gas pretty much all the time.  I don't know how those residents can handle it. A long-time resident from that area told me there is an old landfill nearby.  He said it was on Kingsland under the weird little park/baseball field but I wonder if it's under Heman Park. 

David Hays
David Hays

It always stinks like that down the Rock Road towards the Earth City Expressway. The dump is the feller.

Kate Tabers
Kate Tabers

I live in St. Ann....I can't smell it at my house, but as I start to drive down the street you can smell it. I thought something had died.

Vicki Satterthwaite
Vicki Satterthwaite

yeah it's really bad. i worked in Earth City for several years and the summer time heat and humidity made it unbearable to be outside!

cocobware
cocobware

they are probably digging out that toxic waste they put down in there, and the smell is from sifting through the garbage.

David Henline
David Henline

the radioactive waste is merging with the methane and the runoff from a sewer. i think i will go get a glass of tapwater now

Chris Price
Chris Price

i work in bridgeton...it is always awful out here. it either smells like one of the TWO landfills within a 5 mile radius of my office, or sewage.

Riverbend Taxi
Riverbend Taxi

if this is where 70 and 270 merge by the blanchette bridge it is like a dead body (bodies) , no wait corpses smell better than this. if it is the landfill, the metro east landfill smells NOTHING like this, but then it is covered with dirt. this smell is enough to make you puke in your car.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

Landfill plus drought equals stinky Bridgeton.

Pwnzorrz
Pwnzorrz

Unless it's just the River Des Peres that flows through there

(which might be worse if it's the water stinking up the place)

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